Vehicle Cover Rating System
In an effort to provide you with the best shopping experience possible, we've rated each vehicle cover material in the following performance areas:
These 14 performance areas were specifically chosen based on consumers' protection and storage needs for their vehicle(s). As you shop our site, you will find performance ratings on our car cover materials ranked on a 0 (poor) to 10 (excellent) scale. These ratings have been established through a series of material performance testing by us and CoverCraft®, as well as product feedback and reviews from consumers of these products.
How to Use Our Rating System
Performance rating information on our car cover materials can be found on any one of our product related and/or material related pages. Below are what we consider to be the (6) key performance aspects (you will see these addressed on the product selection pages).
Below are all 14 rated performance aspects pertaining to one specific vehicle cover material (you will see all 14 communicated on either the below Performance Chart or our overall Material Comparison Performance Chart.
It's important to remember when shopping for a vehicle cover not to look for a cover material with the highest ratings in all categories, but instead to look for a cover material with good ratings in the areas that are most important to the environment in which you'll be utilizing the cover.
In fact, it is impossible to find a cover material with "10" ratings across the board, nor would that be ideal protection your vehicle. For example, the material that rates highest in "breathability" is our Dustop indoor cover fabric. However, Dustop has a poor water-resistance rating and is not recommended for outdoor use. If you calculate the math in all 14 performance areas, Dustop gets a 58/140 (41%), yet it's hands down the ideal car cover for indoor use out of all our car cover materials.
Another example is our Weathershield HP material which is light weight and easy to put on and take off, but performs poorly in the "ding & scratch" protection category. Weathershield HP scores a 114/140 (81%), and is considered to be one of the best options for outdoor use. Again, you'll not find something on our site with more than an 91% simply because our scale is measuring a wide range of performance aspects for both indoor and outdoor use.
Determining What Type of Cover You Need
- Ask yourself the following:
- - Will my vehicle be stored inside or outside?
- - Will my vehicle be exposed to intense sunlight and heat?
- - Will my vehicle be exposed to excessive rain/heavy snowfall?
- - Is my vehicle susceptible to potentially damaging debris or someone bumping into it?
- - Will there be trees and animals around my vehicle?
- - How often will I put on and take off my vehicle cover?
- - What are the wind conditions around my vehicle?
- After you've answered questions in No. 1 above, we encourage you to review our Material Comparison Performance Chart to see which type of material options are available in the type of fit (Universal, Semi-Fitted or Custom fit) and in the price range you're considering for your vehicle's protection and storage needs.
- Next, begin narrowing your selections down by eliminating those materials that perform poorly in the areas that are of importance to you.
- Once you've got a list of optimal performing materials based on your needs, you'll be able to determine which cover you feel confident in purchasing for your vehicle.
We're believe using this 4-step process will definitely make your selection much easier. However, if you still have questions about which cover material is right for you, email us us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist in the process.